Wireless Network Adapters

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This document covers integrated Wi-Fi (802.11 Wireless) devices (so called MiniPCI cards). It does not cover either PCMCIA or USB adapters.

IBM a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter

PCI ID: 168c:1014
Chipset: Atheros
Driver: madwifi

IBM a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter II

IBM Dual-Band 802.11a/b Wi-Fi Wireless Mini PCI adapter

IBM 11b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter

IBM High Rate Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Adapter

PCI ID: 1260:3873
Chipset: Prism 2.5
Drivers: orinoco_pci or hostap

Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Mini-PCI Adapter

PCI ID: 8086:4220
Chipset: Intel
Driver: ipw2200

Intel PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI adapter

PCI ID: 8086:1043
Chipset: Intel
Driver: ipw2100

Cisco Aironet Wireless 802.11b Mini PCI

Unsupported MiniPCI adapter

Although the MiniPCI slot is an industry standard and can accept any MiniPCI adapter, the IBM BIOS is set to only allow you to boot with a 'supported' adapter installed. Attempts to install an unsupported card will result in the following message:

  1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the miniPCI network card.

The reason for this is that the combination of MiniPCI card and the integrated antenna in the ThinkPad needs to be certified by the US FCC (Federal Communications Committee).